Spiritual Directors International

The Home of Spiritual Companionship


Executive Director

Rev. Seifu Anil Singh-Molares, MTS

E-mail: execdir@sdiworld.org

Rev. Seifu is the Executive Director of SDI and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, as well as a practicing spiritual director/companion and motivational speaker. He is a veteran of numerous interfaith and interspiritual efforts over the years, including Seeds of Compassion in Seattle in 2008, where he was one of the chairs, and as founder and executive director of the Compassionate Action Network. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.


Rev. Seifu is an accomplished speaker and university lecturer and is a key contributor for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  In a previous life, he was also an executive at Microsoft, where he successfully grew international groups and divisions and provided leadership to multi-cultural teams around the world.


Chief Operating Officer

Rory Briski
E-mail: roryb@sdiworld.org

Rory is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in management and consulting and brings a wealth of international expertise with key leadership roles in Sales & Marketing, Operations, Engineering and Executive Management. Rory has established himself as a thought leader in the fields of strategic planning and business development. He is also a best-selling author with several of his published books within the top 20 Amazon.com best seller lists. Rory is also an inventor with three issued US Patents. Rory is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer, and his perspectives have been featured in various newspaper, radio and television news reports on ABC, NBC, CBS, NWCN, KKNW, The Bellevue Business Journal, The Seattle Times, and others.


Membership Services Coordinator

Jade Goldschmidt

E-mail: jadeg@sdiworld.org

Jade provides daily hands-on support to the valued members of SDI.  Should you have questions about navigating the website, require assistance processing a payment, or have a general question about SDI, she's happy to assist you. When she's not connecting with the SDI community, Jade can be found experimenting in the kitchen, listening to music, playing in her garden, or exploring one of the many trails of the Pacific Northwest with her pup.


Director of Content & Communities

Steven Crandell
Email: stevenc@sdiworld.org

Steven guides SDI's storytelling and local community-building -- on our website, our blog, social media, in our webinars and through our SDI Communities program. He sees spiritual companions as the catalyst in an ongoing "contemplative revolution." His unofficial job title is "Director of Encouragement."




Director of Programs & Events

Frederica Helmiere

E-mail: fredericah@sdiworld.org

Frederica is a global professional, scholar, teacher and complexity enthusiast. Inspired by the subversive-mystical Christian tradition and a penchant for mountains, she has spent two decades exploring entanglements at the intersections of spirituality, social justice, and ecology. Prior to joining SDI, Frederica served as a global interfaith peacebuilder with the United Religions Initiative and as a professor at the University of Washington and Seattle University, teaching undergrad and graduate courses on religion, power and privilege, and global concerns of social and environmental justice.  Frederica holds two masters degrees from Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA from Dartmouth College in Religion & Environmental studies. She lives and plays in Seattle with her partner and two young children.

Creative Director

Matt Whitney
E-mail: mattw@sdiworld.org

Matt is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and lives in Seattle. He works between drawing, painting, photography, video, design and illustration. He is the host of SDI's weekly podcast, SDI Encounters, which engages in conversations around spiritual direction, contemplative practice, and spiritual care. He is currently training to be a spiritual director through the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute, an interspiritual program sourced in the Perennial Tradition, and as a meditation facilitator through Spiritual Paths, a resource for helping others discern and create authentic contemplative practice.

SDI Australia/Asia-Pacific Coordinator

Kristen Hobby

Kristen is former chair of SDI's Coordinating Council. She is a spiritual director, retreat leader and mindfulness teacher based in Singapore. She has just completed her work PhD thesis on the topic of young children’s spirituality.





Presence Journal Editor

Nick Wagner
E-mail: editor@sdiworld.org


Nick has been editor of Presence  since 2001. He manages the entire team -- editorial panel, authors, poetry editor, art editor, copy editor, proofreader, and graphic artist.




Community Outreach and Program Development Coordinator

Lizzie Salsich
E-mail: lizzies@sdiworld.org


Lizzie is a community weaver and spiritual practitioner in her home of St. Louis, MO.  She leads classes and workshops in body-based sacred practice in St. Louis and facilitates embodied ritual retreats at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Truman State University and is trained in a variety of contemplative and mystical practices.  She completed her Contemplative Spiritual Direction training through the Alcyon Center for Spiritual Living in Seal Cove, ME and is passionate about furthering the work of liberatory, counter-oppressive, and embodied spiritual companionship.  Lizzie facilitates the SDI New Contemplatives program and is delighted to grow with SDI towards a more intergenerational, multicultural and multispiritual community.



Membership Assistant

Alizabeth Rasmussen
E-mail: office@sdiworld.org

Alizabeth is a spiritual director who brings wisdom, heart and efficiency to her part-time role helping Jade Goldschmidt with the important work of supporting our SDI community, especially our members in 42 countries around the world. Alizabeth also serves as Meditation Facilitator, Writing Facilitar and Stroke Group Facilitator at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington, US.




Member Support, Advertising

Reggie Dirnberger
E-mail: ads@sdiworld.org

If you want to advertise in any of the SDI publications, Reggie is an amazing resource. With years of experience in ad sales, abundant energy and a steely determination, she is a master of the art of the possible.




Presence Media Review Editor

Pegge Erkeneff
E-mail: pegge@outlook.com

An author and spiritual guide, Pegge lives in the wilds of Alaska. She was the founding editor of Listen, and created that publication for ten years, along with donning many other SDI hats starting in 2004. She’s currently a storyteller for a school district spanning 25,600 square miles, and in her spare time takes thousands of photos on her iPhone, befriends wild critters, offers Reiki and healing touch, and loves to laugh. Her favorite place is on a beach, in a great convo, with a friend, stranger, or her pen and journal.



Poetry Editor

Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann
email: poetry@sdiworld.org

Jinks was born and raised in South Africa, but has lived with her beloved husband, her soul historian, in Canada since 1966. She is a retired psychotherapist, and is a spiritual director, poet and writer. She has numerous publications, primarily of poetry.  Jinks was on the Coordinating Council of SDI from 2008 to 2014. Jinks’ favorite ways of paying attention to Mystery, and listening for guidance for the big and little things, are through dreams, reading, and poetry writing. She also studies the divine as she walks though her days, since clues for awakening are hidden everywhere, in plain sight. Jinks has nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grands, and counting.





Heather Gordon

Heather is the SDI bookkeeper extraordinaire - efficient, effective and direct.




Valerie Pickens, CPA 

Valerie has deep experience as a CPA. She is a valued advisor to SDI.





Graphic Designer and Presence Art Editor

Tobias Becker
E-mail: webminister@sdiworld.org

Tobias handles all design challenges at SDI.

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